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Northern_Shaman
06-25-2011, 10:45 PM
I know a few people from the board are planning to attend this tour (myself included) so I thought I'd look around for some sets. Found these on setlist.fm.

Septic Flesh:

The Vampire from Nazareth
Communion
A Great Mass of Death
Pyramid God
Persepolis
Anubis
Five-Pointed Star

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Devin Townsend:

By Your Command
Truth/OM
Supercrush!
Stand
Kingdom
Juular

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Children of Bodom:

Not My Funeral
Bodom Beach Terror :rocker:
Needled 24/7
Shovel Knockout
Roundtrip to Hell and Back
In Your Face
Living Dead Beat
Children Of Bodom :rocker:
Hate Me!
Blooddrunk
Angels Don't Kill
Follow the Reaper
Downfall

Was It Worth It?
Are You Dead Yet?
Hate Crew Deathroll

TonyD
06-25-2011, 11:16 PM
Nothing I can't live without seeing

bigguytoo9
06-25-2011, 11:18 PM
I would love to see Devin this time around but seeing Strapping Young Lad twice 6 years ago is good enough.

MPF
06-25-2011, 11:20 PM
You forgot to add that Sebastian Bach helped sing Hate Crew Deathroll with Children Of Bodom.

Also, I need an Obscura setlist.

Magson13
06-25-2011, 11:39 PM
That Bodom set is bland. Oh well though, still stoked on the three openers. The reason I'm going to the show anyways.

666ways2love
06-25-2011, 11:49 PM
Wish I didn't miss the first 3 Septic songs. But what a show. Never heard of Obscura.....loved them! And never really listened to Devin but that is about to change. Not one bad opening act.

The set for bodom was so-so, but the performance itself was top notch. Maybe it was just because it was the first show, but the guys had ton of energy and didn't seem like they were just going through the motions.

Loved the tattered sheets coming from the rafters. Goes perfect with the R.R.F. cover.

It was right before Was it Worth it, Janne told us he was really drunk. But not quite as drunk as the time he got on stage with Sebastian Bach in Barcelona. And then a few minutes later......SURPRISE!

Photo and videos of Sebastian.
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=159895

MPF
06-25-2011, 11:52 PM
Who went first, Septic Flesh or Obscura?

treghet
06-26-2011, 12:04 AM
Who went first, Septic Flesh or Obscura?

SepticFlesh did. And they started letting people in 20 minutes late, so I missed the first two songs. It wasn't a big deal though, because they were really awkward live with all the backing tracks.

Obscura:

Anticosmic Overload
Ocean Gateways
Incarnated
Vortex Omnivium
Centric Flow

I wish they played longer because they were by far the best band of the night. They said they will be back next year.

ALSO: It sounded like when Children of Bodom played "Children of Bodom" they cut off the end and went straight into "Hate Me!", but I could be wrong.

GarageMetal468
06-26-2011, 12:29 AM
For the love of jesus someone please tell me where I can find Devin after he plays.

Epidemic Reign
06-26-2011, 12:36 AM
I can't even put into words how disappointed I am that this tour isn't coming to AZ. Bodom and Septic are two of my favorite bands, and I've got DTP's "Deconstruction" on constant replay right now.

On the bright side, I'd rather not hear Devin do "Stand" without the presence of Mikael Akerfeldt.

ricky4502
06-26-2011, 12:56 AM
ALSO: It sounded like when Children of Bodom played "Children of Bodom" they cut off the end and went straight into "Hate Me!", but I could be wrong.

no you're right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEr1w7ouDUk

and thanks for the obscura set list... i tried recording the last 3 songs but i fucked up on their 4th song by not hitting record and i didn't catch it till half way

MPF
06-26-2011, 01:03 AM
SepticFlesh did. And they started letting people in 20 minutes late, so I missed the first two songs. It wasn't a big deal though, because they were really awkward live with all the backing tracks.

Obscura:

Anticosmic Overload
Ocean Gateways
Incarnated
Vortex Omnivium
Centric Flow

I wish they played longer because they were by far the best band of the night. They said they will be back next year.

ALSO: It sounded like when Children of Bodom played "Children of Bodom" they cut off the end and went straight into "Hate Me!", but I could be wrong.

Awesome Obscura set. Kinda disappointed by Dev's. Not to say the songs aren't badass, but he's been a lot of those songs since he got back into touring. I could never complain as July 5th will be my first time seeing/meeting my god. And RVP, who is a badass drummer and a cool guy.

All I case about is being in the front for Obscura and Devin Townsend, most likely the rest of the time, unless the crowd is big enough I'll be in the front for Septic Flesh, and by the merch tables for COB.

treghet
06-26-2011, 01:24 AM
no you're right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEr1w7ouDUk

and thanks for the obscura set list... i tried recording the last 3 songs but i fucked up on their 4th song by not hitting record and i didn't catch it till half way

No problem, and thanks for the video! That was my favorite part of their set.

OraclesofAgony
06-26-2011, 01:27 AM
That Bodom set is bland. Oh well though, still stoked on the three openers. The reason I'm going to the show anyways.

I'm bummed that I had to miss those openers, but I didn't really feel like driving out to LA to see the only bands I care about play short sets. Had there been a different headliner I wouldn't have thought twice about going to this.

Northern_Shaman
06-26-2011, 01:47 AM
Nothing I can't live without seeing

I hear you. I bought my (overpriced) ticket a while ago, and I would have liked to see the show then, but I'm not particularly stoked on any of the bands right now. Hopefully it'll be better come show time. I hate having to buy tickets so far in advance but shows sell out pretty quickly up here. Haven't seen Bodom headlining yet though, so it should be cool.

Steev
06-26-2011, 05:07 AM
Bastards never play "Are You Dead Yet?" or "Hatecrew Deathroll" when I've seen them

zerkz
06-26-2011, 05:17 AM
Pretty cool set by Devin. Supercrush is probably the best song off of Addicted.

jd091
06-26-2011, 07:49 AM
*I get to see Obscuuuuura headline in an offfffff date*

(in a jeering singing voice)

:)

daimonos
06-26-2011, 07:55 AM
I'm ok with all the sets. Septicflesh is what I imagined it would be, but I'm bummed there's nothing from Sumerian Daemons in there. Virtues of the Beast is incredible live.

As for the DTP set, By Your Command and Stand are both 9 minutes long, so he gets to play for a decent amount. I am suprised that he's playing Stand, though, I figured he would've picked Juular and Sumeria to play off of Deconstruction. Other than the Deconstruction songs it's the same set he's had for a year or so now, which is fine by me because I haven't seen him yet.

The Bodom set is a little heavy on the new stuff, but the songs from Relentless Reckless Forever they're playing aren't that bad. They just need more stuff off the first couple albums, but oh well, I don't really care about them anymore. I'm sure they'll put on a good show though.

Looking forward to this show.

zerkz
06-26-2011, 08:00 AM
I'm ok with all the sets. Septicflesh is what I imagined it would be, but I'm bummed there's nothing from Sumerian Daemons in there. Virtues of the Beast is incredible live.

As for the DTP set, By Your Command and Stand are both 9 minutes long, so he gets to play for a decent amount. I am suprised that he's playing Stand, though, I figured he would've picked Juular and Sumeria to play off of Deconstruction. Other than the Deconstruction songs it's the same set he's had for a year or so now, which is fine by me because I haven't seen him yet.

The Bodom set is a little heavy on the new stuff, but the songs from Relentless Reckless Forever they're playing aren't that bad. They just need more stuff off the first couple albums, but oh well, I don't really care about them anymore. I'm sure they'll put on a good show though.

Looking forward to this show.

honestly I thought he would put in Poltergiest(sp) from Deconstruction. It's shorter, and is heavy (probably the most similar to SYL as well).

ShatteredFlame
06-26-2011, 09:47 AM
I've seen everything not on Deconstruction twice already so I definitely want a change. And I don't want Stand either - I want Poltergeist, Sumeria, Pandemic or Planet of the Apes. Either way I know I will still have a blast like the last 2 times and I'm sure he will be back headlining soon.

kommie
06-26-2011, 10:14 AM
*I get to see Obscuuuuura headline in an offfffff date*

(in a jeering singing voice)

:)

Yea, but aren't SkeletonWitch opening? that's kinda insulting to them since they're from Ohio.

666ways2love
06-26-2011, 10:56 AM
Was it just me or did Devin's guitar sounds way too quiet in the mix. Most of the time I could barely hear it.

Also, as for COB, I just remembered Alexi saying they've never played 'Children of Bodom' in the states but I swear I remember them playing that somewhere during the blooddrunk tours

jd091
06-26-2011, 11:23 AM
Yea, but aren't SkeletonWitch opening? that's kinda insulting to them since they're from Ohio.

As much as I love Skeletonwitch, Obscura have every right to be the headliner because

1.) This is an off date for a tour they're on.

2.) Skeletontits aren't even touring right now; they're just available locally for the show.

3.) Obscura just put out a new album

4.) Obscura is more popular I'd argue

5.) Christian Fuckin' Muenzner.

daimonos
06-26-2011, 11:58 AM
4.) Obscura is more popular I'd argue


Not really. Not in America, at least.

jd091
06-26-2011, 12:46 PM
Not really. Not in America, at least.

According to the infallible source of popularity measurement, myspace:

Skeletonwitch = 995,112 plays

Obscura = 1,361,088 plays

Epidemic Reign
06-26-2011, 12:53 PM
According to the infallible source of popularity measurement, myspace:

Skeletonwitch = 995,112 plays

Obscura = 1,361,088 plays

Out of curiosity, I checked facebook and last.fm... similar results.

jd091
06-26-2011, 01:28 PM
Out of curiosity, I checked facebook and last.fm... similar results.

Yeah. In the end though, whoever has the newest album out that they're trying to promote wins the lineup battle. Take summer slaughter this year, for example. Black Dahlia Murder is headlining over Whitechapel, even though they have 2 million less myspace plays.

mastodon421
06-26-2011, 02:19 PM
Same setlist as Europe, but I am ok with it. Not the best setlist, but it could be a lot worst. Obscura and Devin Townsend's set are good as well (I do really wish Obscura was playing Septuagint though.)

treghet
06-26-2011, 07:35 PM
Also, as for COB, I just remembered Alexi saying they've never played 'Children of Bodom' in the states but I swear I remember them playing that somewhere during the blooddrunk tours

I don't know if they played it at any of the shows for the Blooddrunk tours, but they have played it here multiple times in the past, although very rarely.

GameFreac
06-27-2011, 10:35 AM
I was thinking about going to this but the Bodom setlist is meh...nevermind.

kommie
06-27-2011, 03:50 PM
I was thinking about going to this but the Bodom setlist is meh...nevermind.

and you're surprised? I'm rather sure it's the same list they were playing in Europe, which the only not-worthy song is Children of Bodom.

metallicbrian666
06-27-2011, 04:23 PM
No Septuagint? What the fuck?

Devy set is standard aside from the Deconstruction tracks, but it'll still be awesome.

John The Drummer
06-27-2011, 04:44 PM
Thanks for posting those! Going to see this show in a couple hours, leaving before Children of Chode-um, can't stand them.

brutal_descent
06-27-2011, 04:57 PM
I don't know, guys. I'm not a fan of Bodom either, but I would never leave a gig early unless I had to make it home in time for something. If I buy a ticket to something, I'll see it through, not be an anti-establishment rebel and leave before the headliner. So what that you've left early - the money will still be going to the band you don't like. :lol:

But uh, yeah, I'd stay for Bodom. Definitely. :eyes:

John The Drummer
06-27-2011, 05:01 PM
I don't know, guys. I'm not a fan of Bodom either, but I would never leave a gig early unless I had to make it home in time for something. If I buy a ticket to something, I'll see it through, not be an anti-establishment rebel and leave before the headliner. So what that you've left early - the money will still be going to the band you don't like. :lol:

But uh, yeah, I'd stay for Bodom. Definitely. :eyes:
I get up at 6:00am every morning ;)

brutal_descent
06-27-2011, 05:04 PM
I get up at 6:00am every morning ;)

That's a legitimate reason, dude. If it was a school night and I HATED the headliner with a fury (note: hate =/= dislike), then I'd leave no questions asked. :)

jd091
06-27-2011, 06:10 PM
I get up at 6:00am every morning ;)

4 hours of sleep is all you need. 2 is passable with coffee and/or 5 hour energy.

Epidemic Reign
06-28-2011, 02:15 AM
4 hours of sleep is all you need. 2 is passable with coffee and/or 5 hour energy.

5 hour energy is for wimps, be a man and suck down a couple Monsters or at least a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine.

GameFreac
06-28-2011, 07:04 PM
and you're surprised? I'm rather sure it's the same list they were playing in Europe, which the only not-worthy song is Children of Bodom.

Nope...that's why I said I was thinking about going.

treghet
06-30-2011, 06:22 AM
So I've been pretty lazy and I just got around to typing a review... here you go!

Over my years of listening to metal Children of Bodom has been very important to me. As one of the first bands in the genre that I actually got into, I hold their music closer to me than other artists. I remember the first time I listened to their album Hate Crew Deathroll; I loved the music, but I couldn’t get past the harsh vocals. Despite that, I continued to listen to it and in time I got used to those vocals, eventually ending up loving them. It was at that time that I was able to get into more extreme metal and branch out to other genres.

Now about five years from my initial introduction to the band I still listen to them consistently, although I have plenty of other bands to choose from these days. When this tour was announced I knew I needed to attend. This would be my third time seeing them, and although I was looking forward to it, I was not expecting very much. It pains me to say that they’ve been slowly decaying as time goes on. This process started years before I got into them, but I was lucky enough to see them play plenty of old material the first time I saw them live. They are no longer the band you see in that low budget music video for “Deadnight Warrior”. They are no longer the band you hear on the live album Tokyo Warhearts. Alexi’s vision of the band began to change and he no longer cared for writing melodic riffs and shredding solos, instead turning to a more riff oriented style, dropping nearly all the aspects of their music that made them so unique. Looking back now, I wish I was introduced to them earlier. I feel like I was deprived of their music and missed out on great opportunities to see them perform songs live that have become rarities these days. I knew their set would focus on new material, but I wanted to go anyway. Part of the reason was to see one song in particular, and the other was purely nostalgia.

Upon arrival at 6:30 pm there was a pretty lengthy line around the venue. In my other visits to the House of Blues in Hollywood the line before weekend shows usually ends up around the corner at the shops along Sunset Blvd., but that’s were I ended up standing when I got there. By the time the doors opened the line stretched all the way to the end of the block. I was surprised to see that the group of kids in front of me were wearing Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Death shirts, while the kid behind me was sporting his Children of Bodom shirt with his hair in pig tails and a pink hair band with a bow to top it off. This was probably one of the most diverse crowds I’ve seen at a metal show, even including a few bros in flat brim hats.

After a bit of a wait the line finally began to move. The doors were scheduled to open at 7:00, but they ended up opening nearly a half hour later than that. I was rather annoyed, but I’ve come to expect that at the House of Blues. I can’t remember the last time the doors opened on time there. By the time I got inside SepticFlesh was already finishing up the second song in their set. Upon opening the doors I heard what appeared to be the last second of “Communion”. Honestly, as much as I enjoy SepticFlesh on record, they are an extremely disappointing live band. It’s not because of their performance, but because they lack a keyboard player. Anyone who is familiar with the band knows how keyboard driven their newer music is, so it’s very awkward watching them on stage playing to backing tracks. I was also extremely disappointed in their choice of songs. I was hoping they would at least play one song from my favorite album of theirs, Sumerian Daemons, but they completely ignored it. I suppose I was lucky to see them play “Unbeliever” on their last North American tour with Behemoth, but I’m disappointed that I may never have the chance to hear “Infernal Sun” or “The Watchers” live. I spent most of their set focusing on the drummer, who I thought put on a great performance. Not many drummers actually get into the music live; in fact, a lot of drummers look incredibly sterile and bored on stage. That is not the case with Fotis though, he has impressed me both times I’ve seen the band now.

After SepticFlesh finished up Obscura began to set up their equipment. I admit that I have had a hard time getting into Obscura’s albums, despite being a fan of Necrophagist. There are some mind blowing solos in their songs, but the music itself has never really hooked me in the way it has for so many technical death metal fans. That being said, I was still looking forward to seeing them, and I was pleasantly surprised. I actually enjoyed them a lot more than I thought I would. They sounded incredible live and watching both guitarists nail those complex solos was truly a sight. I can’t say I’ve been converted into a fan, but after seeing them perform I have a lot more respect for them and perhaps I will find myself listening to them from time to time.

Now for the third band, Devin Townsend Project. I really did not know what to expect from Devin live, having only listened to few songs of his. He was hilarious on stage and interacted with the crowd throughout the set, but the music left me a bit confused. I just don’t understand the draw to it. To me it was just a wall of sounds and it did not help that they played to backing tracks just as SepticFlesh did. The crowd was very receptive though, even chanting “Devin” after the set was over, but I remained unimpressed.

And then it was time for the band I came for, Children of Bodom. It seemed to take forever for the band to sound check, but eventually they were ready. They opened with a new song and then revisited Hate Crew Deathroll with “Bodom Beach Terror” and “Needled 24/7″. The crowd was the most intense I have seen at a Children of Bodom show, with constant crowd surfing and a good pit throughout the set. It was not until about halfway through the set that they played “Children of Bodom”, a song I did not think I would ever hear live (and it was a big part of why I came to the show). Hearing that opening riff sent chills down my spine. It reminded me of all the time I spent obsessing over Hatebreeder before I had ever seen the band live. After the solo they went into “Hate Me!”, a song I wish they would switch out for something else off of Follow the Reaper. I do enjoy the song a lot, but it just can’t compare to “Mask of Sanity” or “Kissing the Shadows”. It was not long before they were playing the classic “Downfall” and then heading off stage before returning for the encore. After playing “Was It Worth It?” Alexi motioned something to the rest of the band and I got excited thinking they might pull out “Kissing the Shadows”, but alas they did not. Despite my disappointment in their set list I did in fact enjoy the show, and I know this won’t be the last time I see them. Perhaps their next time around they will bring back some more old material; seeing as they pulled out “Lake Bodom” the last time I saw them, there is still hope in me that I might one day see “Deadnight Warrior” or “Touch Like Angel of Death” performed. One can dream, right?

jd091
06-30-2011, 07:11 AM
Great review. I agree with you 100% on Devy; his music just leaves me confused. I don't get it. However, I completely disagree with your views on Septic Flesh. They KILLED IT last time I saw them live. Great band, even without keyboards.

daimonos
06-30-2011, 09:32 AM
I was hoping they would at least play one song from my favorite album of theirs, Sumerian Daemons, but they completely ignored it. I suppose I was lucky to see them play “Unbeliever” on their last North American tour with Behemoth, but I’m disappointed that I may never have the chance to hear “Infernal Sun” or “The Watchers” live

We got Unbeliever AND Virtues of the Beast! :lovedup:

But yeah, I love Sumerian Daemons, and it sucks they're not playing anything from it. But I like the new album alot. Even more than Communion.

PowerMaiden
06-30-2011, 10:21 AM
Great review treghet


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

masterguy49
07-02-2011, 10:57 PM
Just wondering, for the people who went, what merch was there for Devin and was he hanging out after he played?

MPF
07-02-2011, 11:00 PM
Just wondering, for the people who went, what merch was there for Devin and was he hanging out after he played?

I can answer the first one, even though I wasn't there.

A couple shirts, Deconstruction, and a Ziltoid as the Grim Reaper shirt. and a couple hoodies.

I remember reading that on Dev's forum.

I hope Dev will be hanging out after the show. I need to my my hero. But his drummer RVP, will be for sure.